Open Window seeks to balance a commitment to allowing each child to work to his/her potential in mathematics with a structure that provides for an adequate amount of direct instruction, student collaboration, and teacher-student interaction. We offer a sequence of six math courses in middle school: Math Foundations 1, Math Foundations 2, Pre-Algebra, High School Algebra 1, High School Geometry and High School Algebra 2. Although many supplemental materials are used, the Prentice-Hall mathematics series serves as the core text and is designed to help students develop a deeper understanding of math through an emphasis on thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving.
In designing a middle school math sequence for gifted students, Open Window offers opportunity for both acceleration and enrichment through a focus on problem-solving and application. All middle school students will complete one year of high school level math (Algebra 1), many Geometry, and a few Algebra 2.
Students taking high school level classes are not guaranteed to earn high school credit (this is determined by receiving high schools); however, students who perform satisfactorily at Open Window should receive placement into the next level in high school. Open Window administers a standardized End of Course exam which serves as a tangible indication of successfully completing a high school level course.